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Agribusiness Management Technician

31-006-6 Technical Diploma (TD) 29 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

If a career in agriculture is in your future, this program will help you prepare. To manage a successful agribusiness operation, you need to understand the use of technology. With this diploma you’ll gain hands-on experience in agronomy and dairy production management. Courses cover agribusiness management principles, sales, commodity and marketing, global economics, crop production, animal fundamentals and nutrient management principles. This program will give you the skills you need for entry-level agribusiness management.

COURSE LIST

Occupational Specific (26 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Agricultural Marketing
10-006-103
3
Explores and gives the student an understanding of the basic principles of marketing and the ability to apply these principles to the distribution of farm products.
Agricultural Crop Production
10-006-119
3
Prepares students to recognize and implement basic crop production management techniques for corn, soybeans, alfalfa, small grains and general forages used on Wisconsin farms. Field preparation, fertility, seed selection, planting and in-season management of specific crops will be emphasized.
Introduction to Agribusiness
10-006-133
3
Provides an overview of, and exploration into career pathways and employment opportunities, in the agricultural industry. Key issues discussed include trends and economic concepts of production, marketing and consumption of agriculture products, principles of management, and financial management.
Animal Science Fundamentals
10-006-140
3
Provides fundamental knowledge of the animal science field. Topics include animal health, animal environments, anatomy and physiology, genetics and reproduction, animal feedstuffs, and job-related safety. Students will experience animal concepts through the completion of hands-on activities.
Agricultural Production Systems
10-003-165
2
Introduces students to the methods and equipment used in modern day agriculture. Feed and grain storage, along with handling and processing alternatives, will be demonstrated. This course covers the collection, storage, treatment and equipment used in the disposal of animal wastes. Other topics covered include animal facilities, robotic milking and feeding systems, and biofuels.
Agribusiness Work Experience
10-006-116
3
Provides independent agribusiness work experience in cooperation with an employer and FVTC. Students are evaluated by the employer and supervised during the work experience by a FVTC instructor. Department consent required.
Agribusiness Sales
10-006-134
3
Covers the basic principles of agribusiness sales. Topics include recognizing potential customers, building a positive customer relationship, designing sales plans, and using market and sales databases. The concepts will be presented using hands-on activities. Students will complete a sales project and presentation.
Nutrient Management Principles
10-006-155
3
Focuses on balancing commercial crop nutrient products and on farm nutrient credits to formulate economical and environmentally safe crop nutrient recommendations. Students will learn how to complete a nutrient management plan utilizing real farm data.
Economics
10-809-195
3
Provides a foundation of economic concepts and institutions so that students can apply economic thinking to their own decisions as consumers, employees and citizens in a market-oriented economic system. Topics include supply and demand, employment, prices and production, fiscal policy, monetary policy, market structures, and international trade and finance.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.

Occupational Supportive (3 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Math w Business Apps
10-804-123
3
Covers real numbers, basic operations, linear equations, proportions with one variable, percents, simple interest, compound interest, annuities, applying math concepts to the purchasing/buying process, applying math concepts to the selling process, and basic statistics with business/consumer applications.
Prereq: ACCPL Arithmetic >= 65 OR ACT Math >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.

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